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Supreme Court says audience need not stand when National Anthem played in films


New Delhi, Feb 14 (PTI) : The Supreme Court today clarified that the audience need not stand when the National Anthem is played as a part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or documentary.

A Bench of Justices Dipak Misra and R. Banumathi made this clear after one of the petitioners said the apex court should clarify if people are expected to stand when the National Anthem is played in a film, newsreel or documentary.

“It is clarified that when the National Anthem is played as part of the storyline of a film, newsreel or a documentary the audience need not stand,” the bench said.

The bench, which said the issue raised by petitioners needs to be debated, has fixed the matter for further hearing on April 18.

The apex court had on November 30 last year ordered cinema halls across the nation to mandatorily play the National Anthem before screening of a movie and the audience must stand and show respect.

This order had come on the PIL filed by one Shyam Narayan Chouksey seeking directions that National Anthem should be played in cinema halls across the country before a film begins and proper norms and protocol be fixed regarding its playing and singing at official functions and programmes where those holding constitutional office are present.

The apex court, while passing a slew of directions, had also observed that “time has come when citizens must realise they live in a nation and are duty-bound to show respect to National Anthem, which is a symbol of constitutional patriotism and inherent national quality.”

It had said that “love and respect for the motherland is reflected when one shows respect to the National Anthem as well as to the National Flag”.

The court had barred printing of the anthem or part of it on any object and displaying it in such a manner at places which may be “disgraceful to its status and tantamount to disrespect”. It had also barred playing or displaying an “abridged version” of the anthem.

Various other petitioners have also approached the apex court, which has tagged them with and the bench has tagged with the main petition.

Comment on this article

  • MN, Mangalore

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Are we more on dramatic rather realistic side ?.

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  • Sachidanand Shetty, Mundkur/Dubai

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Then no need to stand when Supreme Court Judges arrives in Court for any hearing or judgement!!! Students no need to stand when teacher enter their class? No need to put your mobile on silence mode when National Anthem is played! Sometimes I wonder how even our Supreme Court works and deliver some decision?

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  • martin, bantwal

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    VERY very sensible decision.all should thank SC for this.
    many bekar bajarangies misused our national symbols.as if they own this nation & have sole propriety to dictate whats patriotism.
    LAST week anti-terror squad(ATS) arrested 11 people in Bhopal working for pakistans ISI. 2 of them were prominent leaders of deshbhakt BJP (druv saxena & jitendra Thakur)... these are the same people who lecture others on deshbhakti !! by the all the way 11 were hindus none of them are from minorities !!!
    YET there's no slogan shouting no attacks the kind of which we saw in the case of kannahyya kumar.
    its like if BJP member involves in anti-national activities its fine..!!

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  • SMR, Karkala

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Why the patriotism test only for cinema goers who paid for entertainment?

    I would suggest this law should first implemented on both houses of parliament for the elected people's representatives who are seen adjourning the houses without any productive sessions.

    Jai Hind

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  • Mohammed, Kundapur/Qatar

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Let all Ministers to Sing NATIONAL ANTHEM while taking oath and every session in Parliament.

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  • R Mallar, Kasaragod/ Dubai

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Coming from our corrupt politicians, that will be insult to national anthem!

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  • OSWALD VAZ, THOTTAM/ BAHRAIN

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    By playing national anthem before film one can't become a patriotic. There is respect for national anthem so, it should be displayed only on certain occasions with due respect. playing national anthem when people are sitting in a theater is not a respect for the country. Respected supreme court should think about it.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/M'lore/Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    The national anthem should be played in Parliament, whenever the honorable representatives start arguing and shouting like kindergarten kids.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    I was determined not to stand during Sunny Leone films ...

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/ M'lore/Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Have you seen her' One night stand'!

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  • R Mallar, Kasaragod/ Dubai

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    In Dubai everyone stood up during the playing of national anthem in Dangal (I am sure, there were a few of our neighbors, who did not really have other option!) . India SC has no jurisdiction here though!

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  • ABDUL RAFIQ, Uchila

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    @R. Maallar, it is not necessary to stand in Dubai while playing the national anthem of India. If the audience not stand your right wing radical groups can't do anything. Their dadagiri will not workout in Dubai.

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  • R Mallar, Kasaragod/ Dubai

    Wed, Feb 15 2017

    Abdul Rafiq, what exactly you wanted to convey? Did I mention that people were forced to stand up? Why did you get offend? I did not mean you as my neighbor by the way because you are from other side of the border of Kerala. LOL

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  • Wilson Saldanha, Shirthady/Kuwait

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    R Mallar, Kasaragod/ Dubai - totally agree with you.
    Even in Kuwait everyone stood up. The patriotism should be in our hearts and blood. Forcing anyone is not patriotism. All the people standing for national anthem are not patriots and all who don't stand cannot be labelled wrongly. It is important what we do when emergency situation comes.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/M'lore/Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    @ Ratnakar mallar
    We can show patriotism by ending corruption in our country. Forcefully making people stand to our national anthem can hardly achieve anything fruitful. Having said that, I will stand every time I hear my national anthem. I don't need a supreme court ruling for that. Jai Hind.

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  • Raviraj Shetty, Mangalore/UAE

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Why? if a national anthem is playing in a movie people should disrespect it should not stand, it is a real joke, asking people to stand when it is played before movie and not to stand while it is played and sung in a movie.

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  • Raviraj Shetty, Mangalore/UAE

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    Why national anthem as to be played in a movie hall, people are going to enjoy which nothing as to do with Patriotism. National anthem as to be played in courts before the proceeding starts, in Parliament before it commence... But they don't want to do that creeps.
    Every time when there is a football match national anthem is played before the match of respected countries , so why not they play when cricket match is played?

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  • Swinette Saldanha, Mangaluru

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    What nonsense...... Just wanna know whose idea it is in the first place to play national anthem in movie halls? Patriotism is something which is natural and a few super intelligent beings are forcing things on people who come to watch movies!!! Utter nonsense.

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  • HENRY MISQUITH, Suratkal/ M'lore/Bahrain

    Tue, Feb 14 2017

    A'amir Khan confused me in Dangal.

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